Simon Stuart has always been serious. Serious about his studies, his naval service, and supporting the royal family. However, watching his cousins King Phillip and Prince Eric find love and new paths in life has left Simon feeling adrift. That is, until during a Danovian Dahlia event Simon finds himself offered a new proposal: an engagement of marriage.
Penelope Alcott never wanted to be queen. That’s why she runs a toy company instead of learning royal etiquette. Because when you’re fifth in line for the throne, it’s crazy to think that you’re ever going to be crowned. Yet, after a series of unfortunate events including a tragic plane crash, two abdications, and a bizarre incident involving a Native American sweat box,
Penelope finds herself crowned Queen. While Penelope is unsure about her new position of power, the royal family is taking no chances. They’re going to marry Penelope to a ringer: Simon Stuart, the perfect King who isn’t in line for a throne. Simon finds Penelope woefully unprepared for the realities of royal life and decides he has to help her. It isn’t long before Penelope gets the hang of ruling, and she begins to think she and Simon make a pretty amazing team — both publicly and privately. But when a mother appears claiming her toddler has a right to the throne, Penelope and Simon are faced with losing a life they were just beginning to love.
Title: Royal Order
Series: Royals of Danovar #3
Author: Leslie North
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: June 6, 2018
Publisher: Relay Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
Sometimes life has a way of changing everything we thought we knew about our future, a twist here, a turn there and suddenly we’re doing things we never thought we would be asked to or could possibly do. Such is the situation for Simon and Penelope. Neither ever though to rule, both saw a far different future unfolding in front of them… and certainly to think that love could grow from an arranged royal marriage would have been the thing of dreams. But then, sometimes dreams do come true usually when we least expect them.
Royal Order is fast paced, a quick read, steamy yet tender in all the right places. I liked this couple, and certainly could have wished for a longer, deeper story of their romance – yet, I was completely satisfied with the story I was given. Pen and Simon work well together, their blossoming romance was a delight to read. Through the twists and turns of life, Simon and Pen find the true treasure that came out of a politically arranged marriage… each other, and if that doesn’t make you swoon, then I don’t know what will. I’ve loved this entire series and would gladly recommend any and all of these stories to any Contemporary Romance reader, especially those that can never get enough of a royal love story… like me.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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